Dream Big

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” —Goethe. What will you begin this year? Rather than making resolutions, I am setting intentions for 2022. I'd like to experience more joy and less stress this year. For me, that involves creating with my hands. I…

End of Year Reflections

Happy Holidays! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. I'm enjoying the change of routine and chance to recharge this week. Why the long absence? It's been six months since my last post. During that time I've invested a lot of energy in volunteer work. My youngest…

Traveling With Our Taste-buds

This post focuses on traveling in three parts: lockdown travel restrictions, virtual travel, and our culinary adventures. Part One The travel restrictions during lockdown have presented a problem for many co-parenting families. I haven't heard much discussion around this issue, although one Guardian headline reads Uk lawyers inundated by divorced parents arguing over lockdown custody.…

Home Is a Mug of Coffee

I adored this illustrated essay for so many reasons. I felt like I went on a journey with Candace Rose Rardon and was rewarded with her marvelous insights. It was also visually pleasing; I enjoyed the combination of storytelling through prose and art. Candace’s words evoked memories of my own travels and experiences as a young person. She has inspired me to reflect on my love of tea & coffee, the associations and rituals I have developed with my family and friends, as well as my evolving sense of “home.” In a separate post I may continue exploring all of these themes inspired by Home Is a Mug of Coffee.  If you haven’t already, put the kettle on, pour your favorite  hot drink, and get comfortable while you read the original post.  It’s exquisite!

India has long been on my list of travel destinations (I wanted to go last spring, but we went to Thailand instead). I’ve learned quite a bit about the culture there. However, I’d never heard of a dabhara or the South Indian way of preparing coffee. I found all of the details fascinating. I’ve added this simple act- to enjoy coffee decocted by this method- to my bucket list!

To conclude, here is my favorite quote from Candance’s essay: 

All I know is that just as Akansha would only pour a little boiling water at a time into the filter, letting it gradually seep through the grounds, finding our essense takes time.

Isn’t that the truth?  I’m still finding mine.  Inspiring pieces like this one help me along my way…


Candace Rose Rardon | Longreads | October 2018 | 12 minutes (3,184 words)

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